Watching Paint Dry or Peel – whatever the saying is!!

Granada at sunset!

Granada at sunset! 

I have just spent 3 weeks in Granada, Nicaragua, as base for my travels in this country. I am not sure what to say, for the first time I was little bored, which for me is strange (not much culture around)

The history of this country is tough, and President Daniel Ortega is still in power. I read 2 books here, one about his life, but not sure how much is hearsay, he never gives interviews of any kind. The other was brilliant book of the history of country written for The David Rockefeller Foundation, which could be spy or thriller novel!

Granada is small, maybe 100,000 people, it’s very pretty colonial city, with horse and carriage as a popular way of transportation

Wedding Granada style!

Wedding Granada style! 

and there is a beautiful square.

My flat was just off the square. The apartment a part of a big home with a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, a large bedroom loft and a winding staircase (for 20 days, it cost me 480 US, that included maid service every day).

View from my rooftop!

View from my rooftop! 

I was very lucky to get this because very large Central American Poet Festival is here at same time. Thanks to friend Tuey who lives here, I met her in Mexico at International Living Conference couple of years ago! She also has large home for sale that I am going to see for possible BMT.

Nicaragua a is poor country, lots of NGOs, it’s very third world. The people are gentle, but I had 3 locks to get into my flat, (hard work). They say thieves, will not take your bag as long as it on you, but if leave it on a chair, say goodbye!

I couldn't resist this picture!

I couldn’t resist this picture! 

I left small bag full of gifts on top of an ATM at a bank for 2 minutes, in front of guards, it disappeared, even though cameras are there, but the bank won’t look at videos until head office security shows up, which takes 2 weeks.

(Think thieves have it pretty good)

The prices are very affordable, much less than Costa Rica, the best example, was a personal trainer, she charged 14.95 US (I couldn’t believe it, and she was US trainer).

There are lots of Canadian tourists, many more than USA.

HINT: if you travel here ask if you have hot water, electricity is very expensive and a number of even the best places do not have hot water, they call it fresh water (luckily I asked)!!!! Also air-con, is limited, there are high ceilings, with lots of ceiling fans and other fans.

When I visited Tuey and her beautiful home, it was about 2 hours from Granada, closer to the capital, Managua. The driver’s name was Denis and he spoke excellent English and was now living in Nicaragua, but he had lived in Canada for number of years. Tuey and David live in a beautiful area that is being developed very slowly.

Friends Tuey and David, on beautiful property

Friends Tuey and David, on beautiful property 

The sunrises and sunsets are speculator and the ocean is amazing. They were perfect hosts and very generous, with giving me information, feeding me (I had pizza for the first time in 6 months), and taking me around.

I am now in hotel, before I fly out tomorrow, and will be glued to the TV watching Academy Awards tonight!

Breakthrough! I had a great Spanish teacher, Roger, that got through to me, I could do this, I am not great, but it is beginning and if I do come back he will give me lessons by Skype.

In front of my Spanish School!

In front of my Spanish School! 

It will be interesting to watch Nicaragua and see how they develop and maintain themselves in the future. I am told Ortega’ s wife is the brains and will run for President!!

Extra:

Nature!

Nature!

Howler monkey!

Howler monkey! 

Pond on coffee plantation!

Pond on coffee plantation!

Colour of coffee beans before roasting!

Colour of coffee beans before roasting! 

Where I eat breakfast!

Where I eat breakfast!

Beautiful restaurant with rocking chairs!

Beautiful restaurant with rocking chairs! 

Father who just discovered daughter in picture after 22 years!

Father who just discovered daughter in picture after 22 years! 

I need some time to reflect on what I have seen, experienced and what all of this means for my future.

I feel so blessed; it has been a most amazing journey for the last 6 months! From beginning to end, I will reflect and report back!

Back to winter, from 36 degrees Celsius!!

Thank you all!!

Betty

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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  2. Beth says:

    Welcome home! Hope you have a warm coat. It is cold, but sunny and lovely. Love your pictures.
    Lots of thoughts on ageing! Beth

  3. Prue Chambers says:

    Hi Betty Thanks so much for another excellent report! So glad you enjoyed Granada and Nicaragua; it sounds and looks lovely! Life here is still bitterly cold and not much fun, as Bruce has chickenpox (although he had it as a child!) and has a secondary infection for which he is on antibiotic medication, but they have not yet diagnosed what it is. We are supposed to be going to Texas on March 9th, so I am hoping that when he sees another doctor on Monday, he will get diagnosed, treated and get better!!! This is the first time in all our years together that he has had any real health issues, so I must not complain! Otherwise, all is well here and Spring, hurry up and come please!!! Love Prue

  4. Glad the paint is drying, got to read a couple of books, and maybe just reflect. Thanks for your update.

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